Need parenting tips on getting two kids to actually go to sleep in the same room? You’re not alone! We saw this question pop up on our Facebook Page. Bedtime can be one of the most stressful times of the day for some parents. Getting one child to sleep can be a task in itself, but what if you have two, and right around the same age? To add to all the fun, they have to share a room! It is not impossible. Here are a few parenting tips to try in order to get your kids to sleep and keep your insanity when they have to share a room.
Parenting Tips: Getting two kids to actually go to sleep in the same room
This is probably one of the most important parenting tips ever for getting any child to sleep, including siblings in the same room. A schedule is important to stick to, and not just for the kids’ sake! For your own sanity as well. It is important to have steps that need to be accomplished leading up to bedtime. For example, quiet time, brush teeth, change clothes, read a book in bed (or together on the couch) and lights out. Whatever order and tasks you choose is up to you, but let the kids know what they are, and stick to it.
Try playing classical or soft music in their room. Whether its from Pandora, radio or CD, soft music can help in getting children to sleep. It can also help distract them so they don’t end up talking to each other all night.
Stop the stimulation:
An hour before bedtime, turn off the TV, the tablets and other electronics. Set the precedence for quiet time and bedtime.
Create a chart:
Get them involved in preparation for bedtime! Kids do really well with schedules and knowing what to expect next. Pinterest is great for helping get ideas for this. You can use a cookie sheet and make it magnetic.
Calendar and stickers:
Get a calendar for them and let them pick their own stickers. If they can follow the rules, and stay in bed quietly at bedtime and not stay up talking and giggling, they get to put a sticker on the calendar for the night before. At the end of the week, if they have been quiet in bed each night, they get to choose a prize from a bin or do something fun (ice cream, park, or something like that). Let them know ahead of time the fun thing they will get to do, so they have something to strive for.
Sending them to bed about 30 minutes prior to lights out will allow them this time together to giggle and laugh and talk. They should be in their beds, but giving them the ok to have a little time before lights out might help to minimize and eventually eliminate the chatting in the dark.
It may seem impossible right now, but try to implement some of these parenting tips. No one wants to end their day or go to bed stressed out. Talk to your kids, prepare them, let them know the expectations.
Have you tried some other tactics that have worked to get your kids to sleep when they share a room? Share your parenting tips with us in the comments!